The Hospitals industry experienced somewhat softened demand during the recession as insurance coverage rates and disposable income decreased. However, healthcare reform is expected to result in more people with insurance, which will drive demand for hospital services and reduce the number of uninsured patients treated by industry operators. Additionally, rising service prices and cost-cutting efforts such as the implementation of electronic health records systems will likely boost profit margins in the next five years. However, healthcare reform may also have the long-term effect of driving patients out of the industry altogether, as less expensive alternatives to hospital care become more popular.
This industry includes operators licensed as general medical and surgical hospitals that provide surgical and nonsurgical diagnostic and medical treatment to inpatients with medical conditions. Hospitals maintain inpatient beds and usually provide other services such as outpatient services, operating room services and pharmacy services. The industry excludes psychiatric and other specialty hospitals.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.